Holidaymakers flying out of Hong Kong can now fly direct to the Northern Marianas island of Saipan, following the launch of a new three-times-weekly service by budget carrier HK Express.

The new flights depart Hong Kong in the evening, arriving early the following morning in Saipan. Return journeys depart at 0140 and arrive back in Hong Kong early morning at 0500.

The route’s inaugural flight departed Hong Kong on Tuesday, January 17 with passengers receiving giveaways at the boarding gate and being welcomed by the Marianas Visitors Authority upon arrival in Saipan.

“These thrice-weekly flights will provide a new option for tourists from Hong Kong, mainland China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea who may be interested in visiting Saipan, Tinian or Rota,” said the authority’s managing director, Christopher Concepcion.

“And vice versa, this new regularly scheduled service by HK Express will provide additional flight options for our people in the CNMI who wish to travel to nearby Asia for vacation or business.”

Located close to Guam in Micronesia, Saipan is known for its beaches and blue waters offering attractive snorkelling opportunities.

HK Express’s introductory offer includes single-way fares of HK$799 (US$103) including taxes and fees until February 17 for travel until July 13.

Full details of the flights are as follows (all times local):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
UO42 Hong Kong Saipan 2130 0425+1 Tue, Thu, Sat
UO43 Saipan Hong Kong 0140 0500 Mon, Thu, Sat